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Chuck Workman, Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles, 2014

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

3 Jul 20157 Jul 2015

“He still fascinates and inspires like no other in film… he will never be bettered” The Guardian

"Enjoyable and diligently researched…touches on everything from [Welles’] romantic life to his gourmandising" The Independent

A wonderfully entertaining, illuminating and very touching portrait of Orson Welles. A child prodigy who went on to make extraordinary, often game-changing contributions to whatever medium he chose to be involved inradio, theatre, film and televisionWelles quickly came to be regarded as a genius: a double-edged compliment, with its hints of profligacy and arrogance.

The truth was more complex, as shown by Workman’s use of clips from works both familiar and unreleased; testimonies from family, friends and fans, collaborators and critics (from Simon Callow to Steven Spielberg, Charlton Heston to Jonathan Rosenbaum); and, best of all, anecdotes, admissions and insights from the great man himself.

Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles, dir. Chuck Workman, USA 2014, 94 mins.

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